March 15, 2008


Reformers Make Gains in Iran Vote (NAZILA FATHI, 3/15/08, NY Times)

With about half of the races for Parliament decided Saturday, more than 30 reformers appear to have won seats although most of their most prominent members had been barred from running by the country’s conservative establishment. [...]

Analysts expect the new Parliament, including some conservatives, to challenge Mr. Ahmadinejad’s economic policies, especially with presidential elections scheduled for 2009. His policies, including a heavy reliance on oil revenue, are widely blamed for a jump in inflation to nearly 18 percent.

“The most important change in the new Parliament would be its efforts to bring Mr. Ahmadinejad’s economic policies under control,” said Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst in Tehran.

It's a shame to misplay a strong hand...again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 15, 2008 11:27 AM
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